2017 Mahindra XUV500 W9 is positioned between the W8 and W10 variants with several features from the top-spec trim like electric sunroof and seven-inch touchscreen
Less than two weeks after introducing the range-topping T10 trim on the TUV300, Mahindra has today launched a new variant for the flagship XUV500. The W9 trim has been priced at Rs. 15.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and it will be aiming to make the most out of the festive season.
The Mumbai-based automaker has endured good sales growth capitalising on the buying interesting showed by the customers last month and is aiming to lure in more XUV500 buyers with the W9 variant. Slotted between the W8 and W10 variants, Mahindra certainly has reacted to the arrival of the Jeep Compass as the W9 borrow several features from the top-spec W10 trim. The W9 trim is a feature loaded package resultantly and misses on any cosmetic changes.
The additional features made available on the W9 over the W8 are reversing camera with dynamic assist, Mahindra’s Ecosense technology and electric sunroof to name a few. The significant equipment list comprises of a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto connectivity as standard as the availability of Apple CarPlay is still waited across the board. The touchscreen display allows for Bluetooth function, audio, iPod connectivity and hands free calling.
Customers will also be treated with push button start and stop as well as passive keyless entry system. There are a myriad of safety features provided such as dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with Rollover Mitigation, emergency call function, etc.
Mahindra & Mahindra Automotive Division’s Chief of Sales and Marketing, Veejay Ram Nakra, said that the company is creating a lot of interest among prospective buyers who are pondering over purchasing a SUV in the Rs. 14 lakh to Rs. 18 lakh range with the XUV500. The W9 variant is sold in both transmission options while continuing to stick with the same powertrain.
The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 140 bhp and 330 Nm of peak torque. It is paired to either a six-speed manual or an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic with torque converter.
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Mahindra is working on a facelifted avatar of the XUV500. Although it has not been spied yet, it is expected to come with exterior updates and the 2.2-litre engine being uprated to produce around 170 hp and over 350 Nm of torque.
A facelifted Scorpio and KUV100 are also in the works alongside the long wheelbase version of the TUV300 as the brand looks to renew the lineup before the arrival of the Toyota Innova rivalling MPV codenamed U321 sometime next year.